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Canon EOS 1100D review

High-quality, clear pictures remain an unattainable luxury for you because of the high price of the devices, and does the abundance of settings for the DSLR itself scare you with a bunch of incomprehensible terms? Well, Canon has tried to solve all of these problems in one model, the EOS 1100D. So, let's take a closer look at the new product.

The EOS 1100D occupies the most entry-level niche in the SLR photography market. The novelty has replaced the well-proven, but slightly outdated Canon EOS 1000D, so it will be superfluous to compare these two models. Let's start, as it should be, with the camera retina - the matrix, there has been little progress and instead of a 10 mpx sensor, the EOS 1100D is equipped with 12 mpx. In this regard, the resolution of the images obtained has also increased, namely 4272x2848 pixels. The sensitivity of the sensor has also increased significantly. In the EOS 1000D, the maximum was ISO 1600, but now the user can adjust the ISO range from 100 to 6400. The changes were made to the GPU, so that the camera would work quickly and the process of photography was not filled with agonizing waiting, the newest DIGIC 4 was installed on the 1100D. Serial video shooting did not change, the same 3 frames per second as in its predecessor. The focusing system is pretty standard - 9-point. I was pleased with the presence of 63 zone metering of the IFCL exposure from the older brother 7D. The camera is powered by a lithium-ion battery that allows you to take 700 shots on a single battery charge. Available picture formats are JPEG, RAW and RAW + JPEG.


In the world of DSLR cameras, there is a kind of tradition regarding the color of the camera body. Regardless of the manufacturer and class of the SLR, it is always black. In its new model, Canon has prepared a good surprise for fashionistas, and in addition to black, has released a red camera, which will undoubtedly add many fans of the EOS 1100D. As befits an entry-level DSLR, the 1100D's case is small and relatively light at 450 grams. The body material is made of very smooth plastic, which did not cause any positive emotions. A camera with such a surface is perceived as a child's toy. The places of contact with the user's hand are not rubberized, this defect looks strange, since Canon has always been famous not only for the quality of the photo, but also for the build quality of its products. The power compartment is in its usual place, but the slot for SD, SDXC memory cards has moved, and is now located next to the battery, under the same cover. The controls are quite large, conveniently located, so that each key is pressed accurately. The viewfinder in the camera is of good quality, pent-mirror design, rather large, with a magnification of 0.8 and a frame coverage of 95%. The display has undergone changes compared to the 1000D. Now its size is 2.7 inches, and the resolution is 230 thousand points. The viewing angles are excellent and are 170 degrees, which is quite enough for comfortable use. But in light of the presence of screens with much greater clarity in older models, I would like to see the same in the new product. Available in-camera and Live View mode allows you to take pictures through the display. The frame coverage will be 100%. As with the EOS 1000D, there is no photocell between the display and the viewfinder to turn off the screen. The user is prompted to perform this function manually. The usual autofocus illumination lamp is not available either, its function will be performed by the flash itself, giving a triple glint during a night photo shoot, which will allow the camera to focus even in the dark. The rest of the body has not undergone any special changes, keeping the proprietary design of amateur SLR cameras from Canon.


Undoubtedly, the target audience of this model will be novice users of professional photographic equipment.In order to simplify the process of getting acquainted with the mysterious, but rather complex world of artistic photography, the developers have equipped their brainchild with a help system of tips. Also, the automation system is always ready to help. To the delight of those who like to fantasize with the appearance of photography, the EOS 1100D has a large number of scene programs. Created taking into account the peculiarities of the circumstances of different genres of photography, the scene programs will help to automatically select the exposure, focus, color rendition, which will convey the atmosphere and feelings that the photographer was trying to convey to the viewer. The Creative Auto mode is also very well implemented, the user can choose from 3 camera control options: background blur adjustment, single or continuous shooting, and flash control. At the same time, the help system simplifies the stage of setting up the camera as much as possible, promptly directing the photographer's actions in the right direction. Recently, it has become a good form for DSLRs to have video filming in them, and in the new EOS 1100D it is also present. The picture resolution is HD 720p, with a refresh rate of 30 frames per second. The duration of the video is 17 minutes or the file reaches the size of 4 GB.


In any case, the quality of the picture largely depends on the user himself and his skill along with imagination, and if everything is thought out well, Canon EOS 1100D will not spoil the idea, but only emphasize it. The color rendition is very realistic, faithfully conveying the full spectrum of the surrounding world, close to ideal. Auto-balancing for white color very accurately selects the necessary shades, the automatic machine does not complain about blockages in exposure, very accurately displaying the light and dark parts of the frame. Even very complex areas of a photo with an abundance of shadows and penumbra are drawn with high quality, leaving no food for criticism. Do not forget that for its class Canon 1100D is equipped with a record sensitive matrix. Color noise starts to please the eye only from around 1600 ISO, sharply deteriorating quality at 3200 and especially the maximum 6400 ISO, which is undoubtedly a very good result. The camera coped with video shooting without any problems. The output is a standard 720p picture, which is no different from that of older models of the same line.


In general, the impressions of the camera are positive, the main trump card of the camera is the price. It is also worth noting a wide range of sensitivity, and a professional metering system, which will allow you to accurately reproduce colors and dark areas of the frame. Design, ergonomics, user-friendliness of the interface, all this, as always, is at the height of Canon. The only disappointment was the display and the material of the case, but this is more a consequence of the cheaper camera than a serious drawback.